I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Queen of Hearts by Kristen Painter
Series: Sin City Collectors #2
Published by Kristen Painter on June 25, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 111 pages
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Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.
Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.
Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.
But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.
What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
I like that the novellas in the Sin City Collectors series is loosely collected which means each novella can easily be read as a stand alone. So you could start with QUEEN OF HEARTS (but I recommend you read ACES WILD too).
I have limited experience with gargoyles so I was excited that the hero in QUEEN OF HEARTS is a sexy alpha made of stone with a heart of gold. Jason is all alpha but he’s not afraid to let Claudette take the lead when they work together taking down the bad guy. And even though we didn’t get to see any smexy times between the couple I just know that Jason wouldn’t mind letting Claudette take charge in the bedroom too.
Claudette is a strong and beautiful feline shifter that’s semi-retired from the SCC. She’s called in to work a collection and meets Jason who is the person she’s sent to collect. But after she meets Jason and gets to know him, Claudette knows there’s more going on.
The romance between Claudette and Jason is full of sexual tension and borders on sweet. Kristen Painter reels you in and leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to read more in the Sin City Collectors series. Next up for me is DEAD MAN’S HAND. I have to find out more about the wraith, Ares that we meet in QUEEN OF HEARTS. Then I’m move on to Amanda Carlson’s novella ANTE UP.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).